This week in school was dominated by the expectation around the annual West Road concert. It is an event that I have heard a great deal about, as it is a long established Chesterton tradition. It certainly lived up to the hype! It was a superb evening which really showed the diversity of musical talent we have here at Chesterton. Performances ranged from a virtuoso performance of Ravel’s “Sonatine (Anime)” by Alex Wilson to a high octane performance from the “Suns of Samba” – a Year 10 samba band which had to be one of the loudest and energetic school performances I have ever witnessed. Along with existing Chesterton students we also had choirs from our local primary schools who performed with tremendous confidence; it is delightful to think that many of those students will be with us in future years. Huge thanks go to everyone who was involved in making the night such a success, with especial thanks to Anita Langdale and Jan Male for all their hard work and dedication.
As ever some excellent sporting news here at Chesterton with Tom Barrett being selected for the national Cadet force for the England Rugby Sevens team, which will play against Wales later this year.
We had four students take part in the 2014 national indoor rowing competition at the Lea Valley Athletics Centre, London. There were some outstanding performances from Ellen Goode, Kathryn Clements, Bella Fowlie and Tom Clements. Tom finished in 7th position and Bella rowed to a bronze medal position.
The successful tradition of the Cambridge district football teams has continued this year with the under 15 team progressing to the final of the national cup. They will now face a Liverpool schools’ team, after having won against some very strong counties throughout the competition. Congratulations to Daniel Poole and Alex Milward. The year 7 & 8 girls’ football teams have again shown consistently strong performances in the Cambridge district football grand prix events throughout this academic year. Five teams from Chesterton have taken part with one team finishing as runners up in both the league and cup competition.
We have been successful in a bid to be part of a new Badminton England national initiative – Badminton Smash Up! Very soon we will be able to offer a high energy, high impact badminton club, organized by a qualified coach as a means of encouraging long term participation in the game. There will also be lots of new equipment as part of the programme; a very exciting development.
On Tuesday this week some of our sports leaders were involved as football referees in the final primary school football league afternoon of the year. Our main feeder primary schools have competed over 3 afternoons and this one proved to be as competitive as ever! Milton Road came out on top of all three leagues – A teams, B teams and Girls! Many of the teachers and parent helpers commented on the outstanding input from our sports leaders. So a great week for sport at Chesterton!
Our innovative space working party, after a consultation period, has finally decided on its big project to create a 21st century learning space for students which will support our continuing developments to create self-directed learners. “The Apex” will be a space which can be booked by all teachers to use with their classes and it will provide a stimulating, creative environment in which to learn. We will share plans with you as the project develops and we begin to fundraise for its development.
Year 10 GCSE Drama students took their Theatre In Education performances to St Luke’s Primary School this week where they performed for Year 6. They did a fantastic job and demonstrated what great role models our students are in the community.
On Enrichment day, with the theme of ‘Make A Difference’ Year 10 wrote letters as part of a movement named ‘The World Needs More Love Letters’. This aims to provide people with messages of support who are facing difficult times in their lives. Reading through the letters at the weekend Jacob Millin, who led the activity, was impressed with how supportive our students can be. The recipients will hopefully enjoy reading their messages which will make their way across the globe when they are all posted this weekend.
Auditions for our Summer production of Oliver took place this week. As always, we were pleased with the enthusiasm and talent of the students who auditioned. Rehearsals will start with our allstar cast before we break up for Easter.
On Saturday Annette Thompson, Steve Hinshelwood and Claire Terrington took a group of Science Club members to the Schoolszone event as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. The students had a stall and presented their work to members of the public. They worked really hard on the ‘Circus of Light’ projects, did a fantastic job of interacting with the public and were excellent ambassadors for the school. Our stall was easily one of the most popular at the event. The students involved were: Artemis Paterson, Anita Megarry, Lindsay Haughan, Rowan Isles, Robert Wade, Luke Carlson, Javier Chico, Le-An Hoang.
Students and staff showed great community spirit yesterday, when Louise Alderton’s car had a flat battery and wouldn’t start. Mark Christie and some of our pupils came to her rescue by ‘bump starting’ the car, pushing the car down the school car park until the engine started. The pupils in question were Emily Cooper and Lauren Moore in Year 8 and Jess Aldis and Jasmin Evans in Year 9. I have already sent these girls good news slips. The girls were later joined by some Year 7 boys, whose names I don’t know but need to find out in order to give them some good news slips too. The pupils all worked together to achieve one goal. I was very proud to part of this community spirit.